Amaterasu Za Brings Adaptation of Chushingura to Off Broadway

Chushingura – 47 Ronin

Tuesday, October 18 through Sunday, November 13
Opening night: Sunday, October 23

A.R.T./New York Mezzanine Theatre – 502 W. 53rd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues)

Admission: $60|$30 (seniors and students)

Preview Tickets: $45|$25 (seniors and students)

Non-profit theater production company Amaterasu Za will present Chushingura – 47 Ronin, adapted and directed by Ako Dachs at A.R.T./New York Mezzanine Theater.

About the Play

Chushingura – 47 Ronin is based on one of the most enduring stories in Japan. Forty-seven ronin, or masterless samurai, plot revenge against a man who they believe wronged their lord. Portraying real events that took place in 1702 and 1703 during Japan’s Shogun-led Edo period, this sprawling story of honor, betrayal, clan loyalty, sacrifice, justice, and revenge has been told and retold in hundreds of ways in Japanese books, plays, movies, television dramas, and animated series.

This project continues Amaterasu Za’s efforts to bring traditional and contemporary Japanese classics to an American audience. The company’s first major project was an English-language adaptation of Courier of Love, a Chikamatsu play from the Kabuki tradition. Their second was a full production of two Yukio Mishima modern Noh plays, Hanjo and Aoi No Ue, in Japanese.

Japanese theater is known for its cross-gender casting. All roles in Kabuki are played by men, and all roles in the famous Takarazuka Review Company are played by women. In keeping with this tradition, the production will include male roles played by female actors. This new stage adaptation will be performed mainly in Japanese with some English and supertitle translations throughout.

This true tale has been presented in many forms—from Kabuki to the stage, film, and TV—and we are thrilled to bring this exciting new adaptation of the celebrated Japanese story to New York. It is very rare to see an entire cast of New-York based Japanese actors in one production. We will embrace the Japanese theatre tradition of cross-gender casting as we tell our version of this moving story of injustice, loyalty, and revenge.”
— Ako Dachs
Amaterasu Za’s Founding Artistic Director

Performance Schedule

Previews
Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday Matinee at 3:30 p.m.
Saturday Matinee at 2:30 p.m.

Post Opening Schedule

Tuesday -Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday Matinee at 3:00 PM

To purchase tickets, please visit Amaterasu Za’s website. Per the theater’s COVID Policy, guests must show proof of vaccination and wear masks.

The cast of CHUSHINGURA – 47 RONIN

Cast

Ako – FX’s Shogun, Off-Broadway: God Said This
Yoshi Amao – FX’s Shogun, Mr. Robot
Saori Goda, NBC’s Love Your Selfie
Tatsuo Ichikawa – Apple TV+ We Crashed
Rina Maejima – A Chorus Line
Koji Ono – Shiki Theatre Company (Japan)
Jun Suenaga – Film: Mother’s Day
Yasu Suzuki – Film: College Road Trip, Netflix’s Daredevil
Hiroko Yonekura – Regional: Avenue Q
Minami Yoshimura – Regional: Godspell

Creative Team

Joshua Dachs – Scenic Design
Fumi Tanakada – Sound Design
Aaron Bowersox – Lighting Design
Kyo Kasumi – Tate Fight Director
Kanako Morita – Stage Manager